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Ethnic Minorities (Departmental Appointments)

Volume 77: debated on Friday 19 April 1985

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Mrs. Renée Short asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he has any plans in the near future to recruit or appoint to senior positions within his Department officials from ethnic minority communities.

The Department's promotion and recruitment procedures operate on the basis of merit and without reference to the ethnic origin of candidates. It is not possible, therefore, to say now whether future appointments to senior positions in the Department will include officials from ethnic minority communities.